Friday Focus

September 30, 2022

In This Issue...

  • A Message from Marcie
  • Social Emotional Learning Survey (Grades 3-5)
  • Picture Day Retakes (10/13)
  • Other Important Info

Don't miss the PTO Spotlight

  • Book Fair - 10/13

  • Gift Wrap Sale Ends Today

  • Feed My Starving Children Volunteer Opportunity - 10/15

  • Winter Coat Drive

  • And much more…!

A Message from Marcie

Greetings, South Park Families!

We enjoyed a great week at South Park! Thank you to the many families who joined us at Math Night on Wednesday evening. Over 150 kindergarten and 1st-grade students and families attended and learned several fun math activities to practice at home. If you were unable to join us, feel free to reference this presentation that was shared with all of the Math Night participants.

Next week, on October 4th, MAP reports with fall assessment data will be mailed home. The fall MAP growth score is used as baseline data to help teachers tailor classroom lessons and set goals for their students. Subsequent MAP assessments will help teachers check student performance by measuring achievement and growth. Though MAP data gives teachers valuable information, there are other data points that they use in the classroom to better understand each student as a learner. If you have a specific question about your child's performance, we recommend reaching out to your child's teacher directly.

A reminder that next Wednesday, October 5th, will be a non-attendance day for students.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Social Emotional Learning Survey (Grades 3-5)

Building students’ social-emotional learning (SEL) skills is important at South Park. As a part of the learning process, we will be asking our 3rd-5th grade students to reflect on their own SEL mindsets via an online survey. The survey will be administered between October 3rd and 14th, and it should take no more than 20 minutes to complete. It asks students to self-reflect on their own grit, growth mindset, self-efficacy, self-management, social awareness, emotional regulation, and supportive relationships.

Individual student responses can provide the school and family with insight into what skills the child self-identifies as strengths and others they would like to develop. The overall data helps us (the educators) identify priorities and provide targeted learning opportunities to address the SEL needs in our classrooms.

Per policy, if you would like your child to opt out of taking the survey, please contact me no later than tomorrow (October 1st).

Picture Day Retakes - Thursday, October 13th

If families are interested in taking a Picture Day retake, please contact the classroom teacher to let them know via email or with a written note on or just before October 13th.

It is important to note that whether or not you decide to order photos, families must select the photo they would like represented in the yearbook of their child. Using the link provided by Stuart Rodgers that was sent via email, families will be able to select their child's photo for the yearbook.

If your child is having their picture taken, please wait to make the yearbook picture selection until you have received the new photos.

Other Important Information ⚠️

  • All visitors to South Park School MUST bring a valid driver's license or state ID card to the main office before entering into the building. Beginning this year, we will collect IDs during your visit and return it to you as you leave.
  • If your child is going to be absent from school, you need to call or email us by 9:00 that morning. ** Call 847-945-5895, ext. 2103 and leave a message OR ** Email Nurse Nora Moskos.
  • When parking in our Birchwood parking lot, please remember that our preschoolers are dropped off and picked up by the west end (closest to the school). Sometimes, their parents' cars can block a parked car from exiting for a few minutes. To avoid that, we suggest that you park closer to Birchwood Avenue.
  • Please follow our morning procedures, and drop your children off at their regular grade level doors. If you choose to drive through the front circle at arrival, kindly stay in your car when you drop off to help us reduce morning congestion.
  • Drop-off is between 8:35-8:45 a.m. Students who arrive after 8:45 a.m. will need to enter through the front door of the school, as all other doors will be locked.
  • Dismissal for all Kindy and 1st-grade walkers and car riders will take place at their grade level door. Parents who park in the front circle should wait until 3:10 p.m. to do so.
  • Dismissal is at 3:25 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. We dismiss at 2:25 on Wednesdays.

Important Dates 📅

Wednesday, October 5

  • Students not in attendance
Monday, October 10
  • Students not in attendance
Thursday, October 13
  • Picture Retakes
Monday, October 31

  • Halloween Parade - 2:00-2:30
  • Halloween Parties - 2:30-3:15
Friday, November 4

  • End of 1st Trimester
Friday, November 18

  • Report Cards posted to Family Access at 3:00

Music Concerts:

  • 5th Grade - Wednesday, January 25 @ 6:30
  • 4th Grade - Wednesday, February 15th @ 6:30
  • 3rd Grade - Wednesday, March 8th @ 6:30
  • 2nd Grade - Wednesday, February 15th @ 5:30
  • 1st Grade - Wednesday, March 8th @ 5:30
  • Kindergarten - Wednesday, April 26 @ 6:30


TrueNorth Survey - Lend Your Voice!

Our school district is a member of the TrueNorth Educational Cooperative 804. TrueNorth provides a wide variety of services, from professional consultation for our staff to alternative school placements for our students. TrueNorth is developing a new strategic plan; as part of the process, they are looking for input from many groups. You are an important TrueNorth stakeholder and your opinions and experiences are valuable. This information will assist our district and TrueNorth in better meeting the needs of your children. Please participate in the TrueNorth strategic planning process by completing this survey: The survey is open through Sunday.

The survey data is an important component of the strategic planning process and will be used, along with other data components, to develop the plan.

PPS 109 EVENT ON 10/25

We are excited this school year to return to offering in-person parent/guardian networking and educational opportunities for our community in collaboration with PPS109.

PPS109 is a partnership of DPS 109 administrators, teachers and parents/guardians who provide education and support to families of children with a wide range of needs. Our first event of the ‘22-’23 school year will be An Overview of District 109 Student Services. This event will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 6 pm at the District Office.

We are also asking for your help! Please click here to help us prioritize the next community event that will be offered during this school year. There is also an option on the form to let us know if you are interested in participating in PPS109 parent/guardian networking opportunities.